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The NBA released its invitation list for the upcoming scouting combine in Chicago. The four-day event will allow some players to separate from their peers through a variety of tests, drills and skill work.

But several college stars — including some major surprises — won’t get that chance, as they weren’t among the players invited to the big event. How will those snubs fare, and what’s their next move?

Bonzie Colson , Notre Dame

Colson gets listed here despite the fact that he’s injured and unable to participate: This isn’t a snub of choice. And the reason why is because Colson, perhaps more than any other player here, could have used the Combine to prove that he has a fit in today’s NBA. Colson is a player somewhat without a position — he even played small-ball center at times at Notre Dame at 6-foot-5 and 225 or so pounds, thanks in large part to his 7-foot wingspan. A terrific rebounder and interior scorer, Colson even flashed the ability to stretch the floor by shooting 43.3 percent from three as a junior. And while he lost much of his senior season to injury, he showed an increased ability on the defensive end, ranking in KenPom’s Top 100 in both block and steal rate. In short, the Combine would have been huge to show that Colson belongs. Instead, he may just have to hope a team has creative enough vision to see how he could plug in, or have to earn his way into the league through the G-League.

Jalen Hudson , Florida, and

Kerwin Roach , Texas

Neither player signed with an agent, so both have the ability to return to school. And both bear mentioning together in that they can significantly improve their team’s chances of reaching the NCAA Tournament’s second weekend by doing so.

Hudson’s snub comes as somewhat of a surprise: As the No. 45 player in ESPN’s Top 100 prospects ranking, he figured to be somewhat of a Combine shoo-in, and that ranking means that he had a shot to climb into the early second round or even potentially the late first, if he wowed a specific potential suitor. Shooting is super-valued at the NBA level right now, and Hudson checks those boxes as a 6-foot-6 wing: He averaged 18.8 points per game over Florida’s last six games and shot 40.4 percent from three on the season.

Roach meanwhile, needed the Combine to 1) display his prowess as one of the top athletes in the 2018 draft class and 2) to show his development as a basketball player as well. Roach figured to be among the fastest players and best jumpers in attendance, and if he handled the ball well and hit shots, he could have propelled himself onto the NBA radar.

If Hudson returns to Florida, the Gators look like a top 20 team. And Roach would team with Matt Coleman and incoming freshman Courtney Ramey to give Texas one of the Big 12’s best and most athletic backcourts and a chance to take a big step forward in the league.

Other players who declared without agents but were snubbed from the Combine, and who should consider returning include St. John’s Shamorie Ponds, Purdue’s Carsen Edwards and Iowa State’s Lindell Wigginton.

Ethan Happ , Wisconsin

Wisconsin took plenty of lumps in 2017-18, missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nearly two decades. And while Happ continued his status as a tough interior scorer, upping hit scoring from 14.0 points to 17.9 points per game — a big number, considering Wisconsin’s tempo — he also shot worse from the field, went 1-for-11 from three and didn’t receive the All-America mention most pegged him for before the season.

Happ is an interesting case study because he has the traditional back-to-the-basket game that is valued less and less in today’s NBA. And he currently lacks the coveted ability to stretch the floor. But he’s shown enough as a passer and post defender to draw attention. Still, his best play may be to return to school and prove that he can step away from the basket.

Theo Pinson , North Carolina

Simply put, this isn’t a good time to be a non-shooter. Pinson was a five-star player in the 2014 247Sports Composite, but spent four years with the Tar Heels. And in 2017-18, North Carolina was often at its best when Pinson was at his because of his unique ability to create as a 6-foot-6, 220-pound player. Pinson can affect a game even when he isn’t scoring, and his assist rate is similar to some point guards. When North Carolina won three ACC Tournament games to make it to the final, Pinson averaged 16.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists as the Tar Heels knocked off three NCAA Tournament teams (and two Sweet 16 teams) in Syracuse, Miami and Duke.

But it all comes back to the shooting. Pinson made just 12-of-53 (22.6 percent) of his three-point shots, and it’s so tough for teams to deploy a player who can’t shoot on the wings. That means Pinson may have to prove his worth as a primary ball-handler — potentially in the G-League — to have a chance to make it in the NBA.

Trevon Bluiett , Xavier

One of the most devastating scorers in college basketball the past few years, Bluiett won’t get a chance at the NBA Combine to show that he can continue that trend in the league. Bluiett averaged at lease 15 points per game in each of the last three seasons, including 18.5 points per game as a junior and 19.3 points per game this past season. But the most impressive part was his improvement in efficiency: Between his junior and senior seasons, Bluiett increased his assists per game (2.5 from 2.1), three-point shooting (41.7 percent from 37.1), free throw shooting (84.8 percent from 75.4) while committing fewer turnovers (2.0 from 2.2), all while playing about a minute less per game.

At 6-foot-6, Bluiett ranked in the 90th percentile as a spot-up shooter and the 85th percentile as a catch-and-shoot shooter, per Synergy Sports. That’s something that should endear him to NBA teams, with or without a Combine invite., Site News current daily serving News today and the latest news about politics until News lifestyle and sport.

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